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Elvis Is in the Building in PCC Musical Comedy "All Shook Up"

January 18, 2013

  • What: PCC musical comedy "All Shook Up"
  • Where: PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, just west of downtown.
  • When: Feb. 21- March 3, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters at Feb. 27 show.
  • Special events:
    • Opening night '50s Rock 'n' Roll Celebration, Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Patrons can win prizes for best '50s attire, and can enjoy refreshments before and after the show.
    • Molly Starr Scholarship Endowment Benefit for PCC Theatre Arts students, Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Reserved seating: Tickets are $18 with discounts available. Go to
  • Box office hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.
  • Information: 520-206-6986,
  • Media photo call: Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre
  • Interviews: Contact director Todd Poestra, 206-6815 or

Tucson, AZ -- Pima Community College Performing Arts presents the exuberant jukebox musical comedy "All Shook Up," inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, with book by Joe Dipietro. The production is  enthusiastically brought to the stage by the creative team of Todd Poelstra, director; Mickey Nugent, choreographer; Nancy Davis Booth, music director; and Dr. Mark Nelson, pit orchestra conductor.

This 2005 Broadway musical comedy features energetic dance numbers erupting into a chain reaction of mismatched romances and rebellion. It all happens when a great looking, motorcycling, leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger rolls into a 1950s mid-American town turning it upside down with the magic of love and the power of rock ‘n roll. This is "Footloose," "Grease and "Happy Days" rolled into one clever, funny script with more than 24 Elvis hits including "Jailhouse Rock," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don’t Be Cruel," "Roustabout" and "Burning Love."

For those who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s the songs will bring back a flood of memories. But director Poelstra adds, “When you hear the songs you know so well, in the context of this tender and heartwarming story, the lyrics take on a fresh new meaning.”

The play not only invigorates the senses with the music and dancing, it is also a visual delight. The concept for the set designed by Poelstra is misguided magnetic love with a 50s rock ‘n roll concert feel emphasized with multiple moveable levels and lots of specialized lighting effects. Brilliant costumes, designed by Maryann Trombino, complete the visual transformation.

Carol Carder, marketing/pr
PCC Center for the Arts
2202 W. Anklam Road

Todd Poelstra, director